🍇 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Aube, Champagne, France
Farming/Vinification: The Drappier estate has kept this vineyard in their family since 1808, with a focus on their vineyards to create extremely precise terroir driven wines. In Champagne, Pinot Noir is the most planted variety because it gives the Champagne structure, body and elevated fruit. This wine is rested on the lees for 36 months giving the wine the classic brioche note.
Michel Drappier manages the vinification process (and has done since 1979), while André Drappier – with 74 harvests of experience – keeps a close eye over the vineyard, which spans over 62 hectares (or 1,000 hommées, the agricultural measure used in the region) of land owned by the estate, and 50 hectares in contractual arrangements with other growers.
In 1988, deep cellars that had been dug into the chalk around Reims during the reign of Napoleon III, became part of the family estate. In these cool underground tunnels lie the most precious bottles, in particular the Grande Sendrée, perfected by time.
Since 2016, the eighth generation of the Drappier family joined - Michel and his wife Sylvie, to work on the family business. Charline, born in 1989, is gradually taking over marketing, while her brother, Hugo, born in 1991, is responsible for viticulture and oenology. Antoine, born in 1996, shows a keen interest in animals and nature, and ploughs part of the organically-farmed vineyard with his horse. The Drappier estate also includes some old orchards, a vegetable garden, and a farmyard. It has now earned the well-deserved accreditation of “Carbon Neutral”.
Notes: This sparkler is vermilion gold in color with a nose of freshly pressed black grapes, red and green fruit with a twist of citrus rind. A bouquet of fleshy fruit and an expressive bouquet of aromatic French Herbs with a note of spice in the finish. We recommend this wine for someone who loves a complex and very dry Champagne that is fruit forward and from old vines.